Poutine in Chicago?
I'm afraid to agree with the other posters, I have searched high and low for it since moving here. There are some ersatz substitutions that can help you when you are craving. Though I do admit it just isn't the same. That being said, Duffy's Tavern (420½ W. Diversey) has "gravy" fries (though you need to request that they add cheese). It is on a bed of mashed potatoes, which adds for more starchy goodness They usually come with waffle fries and though you can get it with standard fries the waffle fries hold up better to the gravy.
I have also found gravy fries at the Holiday Club. (4000 N. Sheridan) Again you need to ask for cheese on it (and of course it's not curds) though these are not as satisfying as the one's at Duffy's because they get soggy fast.
Even though these don't really compare to the joy that is poutine when you need your fix, you NEED your fix. It's sort of how the alcoholic will drink Listerine when he can't get the real stuff -- we need something that's close.
422 1/2 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614
4000 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60613
I wonder if a place that just sells fries and poutine (i.e. something like New York Fries in Canada) would do well in Chicago. A lot of people in Canada eat poutine/fries as a meal at lunch. It's also a favourite late-night/after-drinking food. But maybe people in Chicago don't see fries the same...
I've been amazed that I can't get poutine in Iowa, what with fresh cheese curds everywhere. It's almost impossible to even get simple gravy fries, as the dominant gravy is that white stuff for biscuits &... or chicken fried steak. You'd think the Midwesterners would have a monopoly on cheesy, starchy, salty fatty goodness. Alas.
I am not sure about anyone else, but "I" don't call poutine, cheese fries. I have never had poutine, but slopping some squeeze cheese on fries, does not a poutine make.
Sorry, I have no other suggestions..
I hijacked this from another board.
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Hello! Someone directed me to this thread from another board. I am also a Canadian living in Chicago. Born in Montreal.
Your best bet to get authentic poutine in in Chicago is to do this:
-Buy a deep frier (skip buying the frozen fries, it isn't the same)
-Go to Mars Cheese Castle in Kenosha, WI and buy white cheese curds (this is also a must, unless you want to make NYC Disco fries (with regular melted mozzerella cheese, which aren't the same)
-Go to jewel and buy a 5lb bag of russet potatoes, 4 packets of Jewel brand powdered chicken gravy, 32oz. Kitchen Basics brand chicken stock, and a gallon or so of peanut oil.
step 1 - wash potatoes and cut potatoes into fries
step 2 - start cooking the fries like this website tells you to: http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/cda/r...
(salt the fries while they're still hot after the second round in the frier)
step 3 - mix the powdered gravy with the stock in a pot and bring to a bare simmer. Let it reduce some.
step 4 - put hot fries in a bowl, top with cheese curds and then add the gravy to slightly melt the curds.
I did this last weekend and it's the best poutine I've had since moving from Montreal.
Having just returned from Montreal, I can assure you that there is nowhere in the Chicagoland area that serves up this dish. Sorry!
The best thing I can think of is go to any Culvers http://www.culvers.com/Welcome.aspx , they sell fresh dairy curds and French fries, and the dinners have mashed potatoes and gravy (maybe they will sell you a just a cup of gravy), and then self assemble...
Oh yeah one more thing, here's a link to what’s the real thing, recipes, and recommendations for Montreal (which I used) including the history of the dish: http://www.montrealpoutine.com/index....
I can't answer your question. However, I work with a woman from Quebec who is adamant that it is nearly impossible to get authentic poutine anywhere outside of La Belle Province. The reason? The cheese curds must be fresh and unrefrigerated. As soon as they go into a fridge, blammo, they're ruined and no good for poutine. Or so she tells me.